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“Dramatic glowing illustrations on black pages depict an awestruck parent and child together discovering nature’s light show. . . A captivating read that shines a light on a fascinating phenomenon sure to spark kids’ curiosity and encourage them to embrace-rather than fear–the dark.”
Hakai Magazine

“Jellyfish, fireflies, forest fungi and more jump out from the dark pages of this visually striking book, offering a tantalising glimpse of a world that is so often hidden from us by our own light pollution. There’s a lyrical quality to author-illustrator Julia Kuo’s writing, but she is generous with the biological details too, whether it’s explaining how dragonfish shine a red light that enables them to find their prey in the dark ocean, or how piddock clams light up the hands and mouths of those who eat them. This charming book’s tone is one of wonder at the extraordinary abilities of animals all around us, but it doesn’t shy away from the difficult subject of how humans negatively impact the environment. As Kuo puts it, “If we used less light, what could we see?””
BBC Wildlife Magazine, Children’s Book of the Month

“Gorgeous….effectively capture[s] the subdued glow of bioluminescent life….The poetic text…encourages observation and wonder….a gentle warning that human-caused light pollution is making this amazing phenomenon increasingly difficult to see.”
Horn Book ★ Review

“Will intrigue children and make them feel they have learned something new without feeling as though they are being taught….the illustrations…immediately evoke the glow of bioluminescence. Lovely.”
— School Library Journal

“With two-level text and illustrations that almost seem to glow, Kuo presents the phenomenon of bioluminescence … simple, poetic text and striking images make for an effective group read-aloud. A surprisingly simple yet mesmerizing introduction to a wonder of the natural world.”
Kirkus Review

“Appealing….Engaging, informative.”

“Beautifully illustrated….arresting illustrations steal the show….a lovely introduction to bioluminescence, whether read as a snuggly bedtime story or shared in a group setting to a set a tone of appreciation for the beauties of nature.”
Booklist ★ Review

“Breathtaking…a revealing book whose visual appeal, like bioluminescence itself, lures unsuspecting readers in.”
Publishers Weekly ★ Review

Praise for I Dream of Popo written by Livia Blackburne, illustrated by Julia Kuo

“…Faithful representations of Chinese-language signage, street scenes, and cityscapes evoke nostalgia for those familiar with Taiwan and its vibrant food culture. Whimsical depictions of Chinese New Year at home and Popo’s kitchen are authentic, down to the accurate details on a calendar, dumpling making from scratch, and the iconic rice cooker. Readers will connect with this visual story on various levels or learn something new; possibly both.”
Kirkus STARRED Review

“…Digital illustrations evoking vintage advertisements have an effectively nostalgic quality, enhanced by abstract-colored skies, a subtle rice paper-like texture, and a subdued mid-century modern palette, while contemporary touches, including spreads of the girl and Popo video chatting, ground the story in the present day. A richly nuanced narrative that illuminates the interstices of one family’s diasporic exper

About the Author

Julia Kuo is a Taiwanese-American author-illustrator who has worked with The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Science Friday. She’s illustrated I Dream of Popo, I Am an American: The Wong Kim Ark Story, and The Sound of Silence, among others. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

Additional information

Publisher ‏

‎ Greystone Books,Canada (3 November 2022)

Language ‏

‎ English

Hardcover ‏

‎ 44 pages

ISBN-10 ‏

‎ 1771648880

ISBN-13 ‏

‎ 978-1771648882

Reading age ‏

‎ 4 – 8 years

Dimensions ‏

‎ 20.32 x 1.27 x 27.31 cm

3 reviews for Luminous: Living Things That Light Up the Night   Import  Single ASIN  Import  Muleiple ASIN ×Product customization Go Pro

  1. Heidi Grange

    Wonderful introduction to bioluminescence.
    What a beautiful book. Kuo introduces young readers to the amazing kind of light called bioluminescence, the light created within the bodies of living creatures. Combining an introductory text in larger font with additional explanatory text in smaller font the book works well with both older and younger elementary students. A variety of creatures produce bioluminescence including foxfire (fungi), glowworms, deep-sea anglerfish, and the crown jellyfish. It’s fascinating to consider all the remarkable ways that creatures have found to use the light their bodies create; distraction, hunting, and camouflage. The digitally created illustrations follow a mother and daughter as they explore the natural world. The dark background allows the light emanating from the creatures to stand out wonderfully. A brief reminder of the dangers of light pollution closes out this great introduction to light by reminding readers to take the time to enjoy the natural world. While I would have appreciated some back matter, the book still makes a great read. Highly recommended.

  2. Mimi to 3

    Beautiful Book
    Beautiful book with interesting scientific facts about luminous creatures and plants. Very interesting, but not for toddlers.

  3. E. Tung

    Gorgeous book
    My daughter loves this book, likes to shout out “when it’s dark out!” And “really look!!!!” Definitely a hit and a classic in our household!!!

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